This time last year, Missouri had seen just over 2,000 cases of influenza during the winter season. This year that number has reached a staggering 17,000 plus cases.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s not to late to get a flu shot. It is expected to be about 32 percent effective in lowering the risk of contracting H3N2 flu.
In Lincoln County there has been over 187 lab-confirmed cases. According to the Lincoln County Health Department of the 187 cases, 120 did not receive the flu shot.
Of the over 17,000 cases in Missouri nearly 500 deaths have been attributed to pneumonia and influenza since October.
Anyone with symptoms of flu (fever above 100 degrees, cough, body aches and pains, fatigue) should seek medical attention and stay home from work or school.